Trivia

Hard

The Heaviest Computer System Ever Constructed Was Used For?

Oil Speculation
Air Defense
The Manhattan Project
Stock Trading
An AN/FSQ-7 computer set up in a SAGE computer room.
United States Air Force/Wikimedia

Answer: Air Defense

If you’ve ever complained about how heavy your work laptop is (and we certainly have more than a few times over the years), know that your chunky business class laptop, no matter how the laptop bag digs into your shoulder, has nothing on the biggest discrete computer system ever built.

The AN/FSQ-7 Combat Direction Central, thankfully just called “Q7” in day-to-day usage, was a collection of Cold-War-era computers built by IBM in the late 1950s for the U.S. Air Force. Each of the machines weighed 250 tons and had two computers. The entire system was comprised of 24 machines linked together to perform radar analysis for the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) air defense network and, collectively, weighed 12 million pounds.

Trivia

Hard

The Phenomenon Wherein Fictional Characters Don’t Age Relative To The Real World Is Called?

Trivia

Very Hard

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Carried Which Of These Mementos From Her Deceased Husband?

Trivia

Hard

Greebles Are A Critical Element Of Set Design In Which Movie Genre?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Humble Second Derives Its Name From What Source?

Trivia

Hard

Modern Paramedic Practices Were Pioneered In Which American City?

Trivia

Hard

If You’re Communicating In Digispeak, You’re Communicating With What?

Trivia

Hard

There’s A Popular Literary Genre In Japan Where The Works Are Composed Using?

Trivia

Hard

Which Comic Book Artist’s Ashes Were Mixed Into Ink Used To Print Comics?

Trivia

Hard

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Were Created By The Same Accident That Created Which Other Super Hero?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Largest Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System Is?